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…assures to give Nigerians accurate technology-driven census

The Chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, Alhaji Nasir Kwarra has said there is no going back on the conduct of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

He assured that everything has been put in place to ensure the success of the exercise and urged all stakeholders, the civil society organisations, development partners and governments at all levels to give maximum support to exercise to ensure its success.

 

The Chairman who was speaking at the Benue State Stakeholders Summit on the Population and Housing  Census organised by the NPC in collaboration with Benue State government, reiterated that the Commission would conduct an exercise that would be technology drive to achieve the best outcome.

He noted that “preparation for the conduct of the 2023 census has reached a point of no return; we have reach a point where we cannot jettison the exercise.

“We have done the digital mapping and we have done the census pre-test and everything was successful. We therefore want to assure Nigerians that the figures that will come out at the end of the exercise will be the exact figures.

The Chairman commended President Muhammadu Buhari who despite the challenges facing the country was committed to having the country conduct a successful population census.

He also commended Governor Samuel Ortom for supporting exercise saying his commitment clearly showed that the Governor understood that demographic data was vital and important to the development of a state, “that is why I urge Benue people to present themselves to be counted.”

Also Governor Sameul Ortom who declared the Summit open said the meeting availed traditional rulers and stakeholders necessary information that would help them support the exercise better.

While urging the people of the state to deemphasize politics and support the conduct of the exercise to ensure its success, the Governor said, “the people must braze up to ensure the success of the exercise in Benue state because census plays important roles during several considerations and posterity will not forgive us if it is discovered that while here we did not play our roles well and we are shortchanged. So census is a serious matter and should be treated as such.”

The Governor commended President Buhari who despite the coming elections also made it a priority to have the country conduct it census in the same year.

Also speaking, the NPC Federal Commissioner for Benue state, Mrs. Patricia Kupchi said the commission was set to deliver the best populatiin census to Nigerians.

She noted that “the conduct of population census is a huge exercise therefore there is the need for all stakeholders to join hands to ensure its success. On our part we will conduct an accurate, reliable and acceptable census in Benue state. And to achieve that the Commission is carrying out digital, transparent and scientific preparation for the census.

 

“And the census is being conducted in three stages, namely, pre-enumeration, enumeration and post enumeration stages.”

According to Mrs. Kupchi the Commission had already made alot of progress ahead of the exercise which started with the Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD.
She said the Summit availed the commission the opportunity to mobilise the support of traditional rulers and stakeholders towards organising a successful census in the state.

Those who spoke at the event including the Tor Tiv, HRM Ochiviri Prof. James Ayatse, the Ochi’Idoma, HRM Dr. Elaigwu Odogbo, the State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Akpen Leva, representative of the Local Government Chairmen among others promised to work closely with the NPC to ensure the success of the coming census.

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Founder of the Love of Christ Generation Church, Reverend Esther Ajayi, also known as Iya Adura has urged Christians to back their prayers with action by exercising their civic duties and voting to install their preferred leaders in the forthcoming general elections.

She made this known while fielding questions from journalists at an event recently.

Rev Ajayi said, “My advice to Nigerians is to look at this card I’m holding, this is my PVC. It is your power. I wanted to talk to my people about it today but that didn’t happen because I had to come here. It’s my agenda for our meeting next week.”

Again, she added, “The PVC is your power, don’t lose it. Go and vote. That’s the only way you can change whoever is leading. At least your conscience tells you that you’ve got to vote. So, goand vote!”

She didn’t disparage the importance of prayers but emphasised that prayers alone won’t cut it as there is a part of prayers that must be executed by the individual praying.

“Prayer will help you. Prayer is important, but when you carry out the practical aspect of prayer it enhances the prayer, and makes it go straight to God,” she quipped.

In a separate incident, she hinted on how Nigerians could navigate the year 2023 successfully in a press release as she welcomed the body of Christ to what she termed “2023: the Year of Possessing My Possessions.”

In part, the statement admonished Christians to be more graceful, and more loving. The cleric quoted the Bible, citing Love as the principal virtue.

She called on Christians to develop and nurture relationships because that is what Christ would do. Yes, one must “be mindful of acquaintances with ulterior motives, but as much as possible have peace with all men. There is a place for healthy interpersonal relationship. That’s whatHebrews 12:14 tells us.

“That is the counsel of God, and the benefits are not just personal. It goes a long way,” the cleric added.

She also averred that globally, times are hard. But in response to the economic difficulty

Christians ought to stay prayerful and try to improve on their approach to evolving innovations and technologies.

“Times are changing fast, and unemployment rate is increasing. Even well-educated people are finding it difficult to get jobs, and this puts extra strains on families. But with prayers and the right attitude to emerging fields and current technologies, I’m sure Nigerians will have better chances in 2023,” she closed.

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Lilian Afegbai says she was nearly expelled as a student after she acted in a sex scene with Jim Iyke.

 

The film star recalled her earliest memories of venturing into acting in an interview.

Afegbai said she was made to face a disciplinary panel at Benson Idahosa University (BIU) in Benin, Edo state.

She said the acting gig was her first movie role at the time when she was combining schooling and a career in film.

 

“I started acting fully in BIU. In the first movie that I did, they almost expelled me from school because I had a sex scene with Jim Iyke. So when the movie came out, then I was young,” Afegbai said.

“I didn’t even have a boyfriend, I was just young, I was acting, make-believe.

“It was just a lot, and people in the school, you know how jealousy now, people started telling our Reverend Seb’s wife and so they brought the movie to school, they said I acted an illicit scene, they fixed a panel.

 

“I thought I was going to get expelled. I was scared. It was a Christian school and when people start talking about things in school and making it a thing, you actually face a panel.

“When I went to the panel, I started making them understand that I am Christian.

“I would never do anything to jeopardize my Christian faith but then this is acting ma, it’s make-believe.”\

[TheCable]

 

Contrary to analysts’ expectations, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday increased the primary lending rate by 100 basis points (1%), from 16.5 to 17.5%. 

The committee cited the state of the economy amidst the high inflation rate as the reason for the continuous adoption of its hawkish stand.

  • “The MPC was of the view that although the inflation rate moderated marginally in December, the economy remained confronted with the risk of high inflation with adverse consequences on the general standard of living. The Committee, therefore, decided to sustain the current stance of policy at this point in time to further rein in inflation.”

While the monetary authority holds that the move is intended to rein in inflation, economists believe it will boomerang the economy. 

Increasing interest rates as a response to high inflation is a common monetary policy tool used by central banks to help curb inflation. The idea behind this is that by raising interest rates, it becomes more expensive for individuals and businesses to borrow money, which in turn can lead to a decrease in spending and investment, and ultimately slow down the rate of inflation.

However, raising interest rates can also have negative consequences, such as slowing down economic growth, making it more expensive for businesses to borrow money, and making it harder for consumers to access credit. These negative effects can make the country less attractive to foreign investors and less stable for domestic businesses

A lecturer of economics, at Bayero University, Dr. Charles Igboga, said the interest rate increase will have an impact on the cost of doing business and by extension, the rate of inflation. He said the interest rate for customers of commercial banks will get higher than what it was.

  • “What it means is that the lending rate will rise henceforth. This will naturally increase inflation because it will drastically affect the cost of production, and there’s no way any enterprise will sell below production cost. The CBN is hoping that increasing the primary rate will help to reduce inflation, but on the contrary, it always leads to inflation,” he said. 

The quest to bring down the inflation rate is somewhat of a conundrum for the apex bank as increasing interest rates to achieve moderation could also slow down the country’s GDP growth rate.

An economist, Moses Kemakolam, said the CBN’s rate hike would hurt the productive sector and by extension, the wider economy. He stated that the apex bank’s decision to increase the rate in the past had not yielded meaningful results. 

  • “The MPC believes that consistent increases in the interest rate caused the slight easing of inflation in December 2022 and that further increases will stem inflation in January and after. However, the reality is that continuous increases in interest rate will stifle the productive sector and cause a default on loan facilities’ repayment due to factors like an insufficient supply of energy. 
  • “Insecurity and other rising production costs have affected most companies’ profitability. This interest rate hike would also limit the capacity of the industrial sector to take more loans for expansion. 
  • “The economy is already challenged in 2023 due to election anxiety and possible inactivity of the incoming government to save the economy through the year. The CBN’s increased rates will further hurt the economy in 2023,” he said. 

Despite these concerns, the central bank is unlikely to budge as it considers inflation a far more problem than the consequences of a temporary hike in inflation rates despite its effects on ordinary Nigerians.

For example, most companies have resorted to shrinkflation, a term for selling the same item at a higher or same price but in smaller volumes.

Others have introduced sachetization which is basically selling products that would ordinarily have passed for larger packaging but are now converted into sachets. These actions make life even more difficult for ordinary Nigerians, who as the final consumers, have to bear the brunt of monetary policies.

Dr. Biodun Adedipe, the founder and chief executive of B. Adedipe Associates Limited (BAA Consult), recently remarked that interest rate adjustments will be an unending cycle that will make corporates and households poorer.  

  • “If the interest rate is escalated, as is the case now, it means the cost of funding will be high, which will be passed on to consumers, increasing the prices of goods and services.”

Also reacting, the chief executive officer of the Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise, CPPE, Dr. Muda Yusuf, said CBN’s hike in MPR from 16.5% to 17.5% would hurt investors in the real economy. 

  • He said the implication is that lending rates will increase for investors indebted to the banks adding that the hike would further imply an increase in operating and production costs, which would ultimately impact adversely on economic growth.
  • Challenges to access and cost of credit by small businesses would be further elevated.  

But do monetary policy actions realistically affect the inflation rate in Nigeria? Is there anything the central bank can do to bring down rates?

Historically, Nigeria’s inflation rate challenges have been supply-side rather than demand push suggesting that the issue is beyond rate hikes.

For example, the central bank cannot use rate hikes to combat the effects of fuel scarcity, insecurity, logistics challenges, etc.

An economist and social affairs analyst, Ben Atuma, said monetary policy tightening has a minimal impact on inflation. He noted that Nigeria is not a credit-driven economy.

  • He stated that key drivers of inflation are exchange rate depreciation, foreign exchange market illiquidity, insecurity, high energy cost, especially diesel, climate change, and the massive injection of liquidity into the economy through controversial ways and means of financing.  

Nairametrics reported last week that experts warned that pegging the interest rate above 16.5% may rattle the economy with serious consequences for particularly the manufacturing sector and the banking industry.

The apex bank will point to a lower year-on-year inflation rate for the month of December as a sign of progress.

  • “Members welcomed the recent deceleration in year-on-year headline inflation, noting that the persistence in policy rate hikes over the last few meetings of the Committee had started to yield the expected decline in inflation. The Committee thus deliberated on either to hike rates further or hold for the impact of the last four rate hikes to continue to feed through.”

But could this be a precursor to a new forex policy? Also reacting to the CBN’s rate increase, Reuters News Agency quoted Razia Khan, Standard Chartered managing director, and chief economist, Africa, and the Middle East as saying,

  • “Our immediate read on this is that the CBN is showing more anti-inflation resolve, and preparing the way – perhaps – for an eventual FX policy liberalization that will require a reset to higher market rates.” 

[Nairametrics]

 

‘Mama of Africa‘ Yemi Alade has shared a cryptic post following report that she is allegedly expecting her first child with Togolese president.

This is coming after an Instagram blogger simply called ‘Johny Johny’ crooner claimed that the singer was carrying the baby of Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe Eyadema, the president of Togo.

According to Johny, the 33-year-old singer and the president have been dating since 2017.

 

He said: “Nigeria singer Yemi Alade is currently pregnant for the president of the Republic of Togo. Yemi has been dating the president since 2017. But 4 days ago, it was confirmed that she is carrying a child for the Togolese president.”

Yemi Alade, via her Twitter handle on Wednesday, shared a pregnant emoji accompanied by a funny emoji shortly after the report went viral.

In another tweet, the talented singer noted that January is on ment.

See post below;

Yemi Alade Robbed In Cote d’lvoire

Meanwhile, Yemi Alade was recently robbed by unknown persons at a hotel in Côte d’Ivoire.

Naija News reports that the singer had gone visiting the country for the Creative Africa Nexus Weekend (CANEX WKND), a 3-day gathering of creatives from Africa and the Diaspora when the incident occured.

 

Narrating the experience, the 33-year-old singer said while she was away from her hotel room, her belongings were ransacked and all the money carted away.

She said: “A few minutes after I left my room, some unknown people decided to go through my things and steal all the money they could find. Very good.”

[NaijaNews]

President, Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman, has described the composition of a 14-man Steering Committee on Petroleum Products Supply and Distribution Management, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, as an audacious and necessary step meant to restore normalcy to the crises-riddled downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

Othman particularly noted that the terms of reference captures the entire spectrum of petrol supply and distribution, as it involves national strategic stock management, visibility of the NNPC Limited refineries rehabilitation programme and ensure end-to-end tracking of petroleum products, especially Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), to ascertain daily national consumption and ultimately eliminate smuggling.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, the President of NARTO decried what he called the deliberate distortion of narratives surrounding the shortfall and non-availability of the products by certain forces in the downstream sector who he said have continued to blame the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, (NNPCL) retail outlets for scarcity of the products, when it should actually be appreciated for its genuine efforts to make petrol available nationwide.

Othman absolved NNPC retail outlets of any scarcity blame, dismissing reports in some quarters saying otherwise as unfounded and diversionary.

“Certain players in the petroleum sector who lack the capacity for storage and effective distribution are deliberately pushing false narratives into the public domain to demonise the NNPCL retail outlets. Public expectations are met by the oil giant retail outlets which  sell  petrol at  the officially stipulated price. So, whatever is written is not true, it is false. As far as we are concerned, the NNPCL retailers are the largest retail outlet in the country. As of today, they are the only marketing company that sells fuel at the same price everywhere in the country. 

“The same price in Lagos, same price in Abuja. So, you will see some envy by other marketers and from personal experience, my own company has been working with NNPC retail in the last 15 years. I know their pedigree and their capacity”, the NARTO President said.

Othman, however, appealed to his members and others involved in the haulage of petroleum products  to refrain from activities that could sabotage the Federal Government efforts at ending the scarcity nightmare, now taking a toll on the economy by crippling effective movement of goods and services.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on our law-abiding and patriotic members who are into the transportation of petroleum products to please desist from illegal bunkering, smuggling and diversion of petroleum products because these actions are detrimental to the economy of our great nation. This Association will not support, defend, or sympathise with anyone caught committing these crimes”, he added.

On a possible timeline for the scarcity to end, the NARTO President noted that some of the contributing factors were beyond the control of the federal government. 

“Relating to the current supply and availability of petroleum products is not unconnected with the current Russia-Ukraine war. Two, is the high cost of transporting from the mother vessels to the daughter vessels to the tank farms.

“Three, the exchange rate. But I know we have adequate fuel.”

He equally pleaded with the federal government to look at the high operational cost of doing business being experienced by players in the haulage of petroleum products.

‘In terms of our rising operational cost, we are merely trying to break even. The most important and primary input in our operations is Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) which is the major energy source used by our trucks. Unfortunately, however, the AGO, the major energy source, was sold in November 2022 at N808.87 as against N277.89.

“Even our Mass Transit Segment was not spared from the high operating cost: According to figures obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the average cost of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as at November, 2022 was N202.46 pe/ liter against N167.60 per liter in the corresponding period of 2021, which was an increase of 20.81%. The situation has worsened this year with PMS prices reaching up to N300 per liter in many states amidst acute fuel scarcity that is persisting in the country since the last couple of months”, he explained.

[Sun]

Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday cried out that the current fuel scarcity experienced nationwide and the redesigning of the Naira introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) were  targeted against his presidential quest.

He, however, said those obstacles will not stop his march to victory or scuttle the forthcoming 2023 elections.

 

Tinubu spoke in Abeokuta during his campaign rally held at the popular M.K.O. Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The APC presidential flag bearer declared that the prevailing fuel scarcity was a sabotage and a deliberate attempt by mischief-makers at causing disaffection among the citizenry towards the APC.

 

He, however, urged Nigerians not to allow the fuel scarcity to dampen their spirits against exercising their civil responsibility, particularly voting for his party to victory in the elections.

 

Alleging conspiracy and mischief among certain elements within the corridors of power, Tinubu said recent the redesigning of the nation’s currency was also part of the plot to frustrate the citizenry even when such is equally being hoarded.

“Even if they said there is no fuel, we will trek to vote. They have a lot of mischief. They could say there is no fuel. This one, too, they think they can cause a crisis by sabotaging the fuel supply.

 

“They are sabotaging fuel supply. Whether there is fuel or not, whether there is Okada (motorcycle) or not, whether there is tricycle or not, we will go and vote and we shall win. This is a superior revolution and when I tell you, you know what I mean. You know me, we are going there to win.

“They have been scheming to create a fuel crisis, but forget about it. Relax. I, Asiwaju, have told you that the issue of fuel supply will be permanently addressed.

“Let them increase the price of fuel, only them know where they have hoarded fuel. They hoarded money, they hoarded Naira; we will go and vote and we will win. Even if they change the ink on the Naira notes, whatever their plans, it will come to nought. We are going to win. Those in the PDP will lose.

“I am homeboy, I have come here, you will not be put to shame, we will take over the government from them, the traitors who wanted to contest with us. They have no experience.

 

“This is a revolution. This election is a revolution. They are plotting, but they will fail. They said fuel price will increase and reach N200 per litre. Go and relax. They don’t want this election to hold, they want to scuttle it,” Tinubu lamented.

Speaking about his plans for the Nigerian youths, Tinubu said he was coming with a “great revolution” that will turn around the suffering of the Nigerian masses and uplift their living standard.

Tinubu promised to introduce a student loan scheme, as well as evolve an education policy that will permanently address issues of lecturers’ agitations and ensure that students graduate from school at the appropriate time.

“On this one, I’m guaranteeing you one thing: there will be a student loan. Nobody will drop out of the university because of school fees. I guarantee you that nobody will have to repeat for eight years and not graduate.

“Haba! We are too smart, we are brilliant, we are courageous, we are sharp, we will make a four-year course four-year course,” he added.

Blackmail Won’t Save You, PDP Tells Asiwaju

However, the presidential campaign of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has responded to the statements by the APC candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Abeokuta.

The Atiku/Okowa Campaign Organisation yesterday berated the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for trying to blackmail President Muhammadu Buhari and blame the APC-led federal government over his looming devastating rejection by Nigerians.

 

Spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the campaign finds it pathetic that Tinubu is seeking a face-saving measure ahead of his shattering electoral defeat by shedding crocodile tears and claiming that the redesigning of the naira notes and the fuel crisis under the APC administration were plots to scuttle the 2023 general elections.

“It is unfortunate that Asiwaju Tinubu is trying to hoodwink Nigerians by seeking to exonerate himself and blame others in the Buhari led-APC administration for the biting fuel scarcity in the country, when in reality he (Asiwaju Tinubu) is known to be behind the insensitive and anti-people policies that have brought so much calamity to our country, including the current persistent fuel scarcity.

“It indeed speaks volumes of Asiwaju Tinubu’s character, that while he is reported to be hugely involved in the corruption in the petroleum sector, which had led to the fuel crisis, he is pretending to care for the pains Nigerians are passing through just because it was beginning to affect his political life’s ambition.

“Furthermore, it is clear that Asiwaju Tinubu is lamenting over the redesigning of the naira just because the policy has frustrated his boastful plots to use slush fund, which he reportedly stashed away in secret vaults, for vote buying and manipulative schemes, including alleged funding of thugs to compromise the integrity of the 2023 presidential election through the setting up of the Jagaban Army.”

Ologbondiyan added that only politicians, who had always won elections by relying on bullion vans, had any complainsts about the Central Bank of Nigeria’s monetary policy to redesign the naira.

 

“More reprehensible is the fact that a few months to the end of the Buhari government, Asiwaju Tinubu is now struggling to distance himself from an administration which he told the world that he brought into office, and would continue with its legacies, just because he wants to beguile Nigerians and take their votes.”

The PDP presidential campaign spokesman wondered how Tinubu could accuse an administration he had been a part of since 2015 of trying to sabotage the 2023 elections except he is making revelations to Nigerians about their plans.

He advised Tinubu to withdraw from the race before his heavy defeat by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

PMB’s Support For APC Flagbearer Unquestionable – Presidency

The presidency has declared its suppport for the presidential quest of the APC flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The presidency made its position known yesterday in reaction to claims by a Northern elder, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, that President Muhammadu Buhari was not totally supportive of Tinubu’s ambition to succeed him.

Garba dismissed Yakassai’s comments, saying he was unknown to the APC.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said everyone is entitled to their view, but “what we do know is that his insight in a recent interview does not come from within the party or the president’s team”.

According to him, the president’s support for Tinubu is welcome although it is difficult to see what value it will add.

He said, “He is right to highlight his experience as a senior citizen, a leader in government and ability to reach out across divides as strong foundations for the highest office.

“But Yakasai’s questioning of the loyalties of President Muhammadu Buhari stands in sharp contrast to the actions of the President. Only on Monday, he was out at a rally in Bauchi supporting the flagbearer of the party. Presidential duties permitting, he is scheduled to make further appearances at campaign events in the coming weeks.

”His support for the party’s candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is unquestioned. If this wasn’t on TV, Yakasai’s unwise comment on the issue would have been dismissed as a misquotation. But he was live on TV. On this one against President Buhari, no one should take him seriously. Perhaps times are hard and the old man needs a bit of help.”

[Leadership]

The United States on Wednesday announced visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria.

The American government said those affected undermined the democratic process in a recent election.

The recent electoral race in the country were the governorship polls in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States.

A statement by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, reiterated the commitment of the U.S. to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world.

“Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process in a recent Nigerian election.”

Under Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the individuals will be found ineligible for visas to America.

Blinken noted that certain family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions.

“Additional persons who undermine the democratic process in Nigeria—including in the lead-up to, during, and following Nigeria’s 2023 elections—may be found ineligible for U.S. visas under this policy,” he said.

Blinken clarified that the latest visa restrictions targets only certain persons and are not directed at the people or the government.

“The decision to impose visa restrictions reflects the commitment of the United States to support Nigerian aspirations to combat corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law,” the official concluded.

[DailyPost]

 

All Progressives Congress (APC) standard bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday reflected on the fuel scarcity and the naira design crisis, which have attracted condemnation by many Nigerians.

He said the petroleum scarcity and complaints about currency redesign were plots by unpatriotic elements and saboteurs to embarrass the Buhari administration and scuttle the proposed elections. 

But, the APC candidate, who said the tricks will collapse, fired salvos at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying that it will be defeated on poll day. 

 

Tinubu said reminiscent of the 2015 and 2019 elections, the PDP will fail in next month’s polls.

 

He urged Nigerians to anticipate an electoral revolution on February 25, adding that prospective voters should get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ready to elect him as the best candidate for president. 

 

Tinubu said his blueprint, which offers solutions to many pressing challenges confronting the country, will be implemented faithfully. 

He emphasised that the path to the future will be charted by the electorate on election day when they make the right choice. 

 

Tinubu promised to end the perennial fuel scarcity and restore order to the troubled oil and gas sector at a rally in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State. 

The APC candidate urged the people to re-elect Governor Dapo Abiodun, and the senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly candidates of the party. 

He said: “Vote all the way. Governor Dapo Abiodun’s second term bid is guaranteed.”

Tinubu noted that opposition parties were exploiting the fuel scarcity and complaints about the naira redesign to campaign against the ruling party. 

The former Lagos State governor, who spoke in English and Yoruba, said: “I came to appeal and solicit for your votes. This election is a revolution. We will use superior revolution and PVCs to get power. 

“They are using fuel scarcity to distract Nigerians. I assure you, it will be a thing of the past. They are hoarding fuel and new naira notes to frustrate Nigerians. They don’t want the election.

“I will reduce the price of fuel. Be rest assured that I will solve the fuel crisis. Let them keep the fuel; keep hoarding the money; change the money. We shall defeat them. PDP will fail again, it doesn’t matter whatever they do.”

He added: “Great Nigerian youth, this is a revolution. This election is a revolution. They think they can bamboozle us or confuse us with fuel scarcity. We shall bring the fuel price down. They didn’t want this election, but they have failed.”

Tinubu said in the first 24 months of his government, one million ICT jobs will be provided. 

Exuding confidence and optimism, he said electoral revolution was in the offing, advising voters to vote for him and other APC candidates in the February and March elections. 

Tinubu, accompanied by his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, addressed a carnival-like rally at the Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, where party faithful and supporters were in one accord. 

Joy was bold on the faces of Tinubu and other party leaders as they were ushered into the stadium by a huge crowd that had waited for them for hours. 

Party supporters who were decked in various attires and carrying banners supporting Abiodun and senatorial candidates Salisu Suhaib (Ogun Central), Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (West) and former Governor Gbenga Daniel (East) sand and danced.

On the podium was the ace fuji musician, Chief Ayinde Wasiu, who thrilled the crowd with philosophical songs. 

Nollywood actors and actresses, including Jide Kosoko, Hassan Ogogo, Foluke Daramola, Yinka Quadri, Fathia Balogun, Saidi Balogun and Remi Surutu, also stormed the venue to entertain the crowd. 

The governor and parliamentary candidates received party flags from the party leadership. 

Prominent Southwest leaders showed up in solidarity with the governor, attesting to his achievements in the last three and half years, and showcasing his manifestos for a brighter future. 

At the special rally were House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his wife, Dr. Ibijoke, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahmaan AbdulRazaq, Ekiti State Governor Biodun Oyebanji, Lagos State Deputy Governor Femi Hamzat, his wife, Oluremi, Ondo State Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa who represented Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel, former interim National Chairman of the APC Chief Bisi Akande, former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, former Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola, former APC National Chairman who is also the Deputy Director-General of the presidential campaign council, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and Ogun APC leader, Aremo Olusegun Osoba. 

The rally was also witnessed by APC National Secretary Iyiola Omisore, National Women Leader Betta Edu, National Youth Leader Dayo Israel, one-time Lagos State Finance Commissioner Wale Edun; Lagos House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa; Seyi Tinubu, Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, Segun Erewa, Senator Gbenga Obadara, Otunba Femi Pedro, Senator Gbenga Kaka, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Ijaloja-General Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, Abiodun Akinlade, former Ogun State Deputy Governors Yetunde Onanuga and Salmot Badru; and former Ogun State House of Assembly Speaker Saraj Adekunbi. 

Senator Ibikunle Amosun, former governor of Ogun State, was absent. The event coincided with his 65th birthday. 

A staunch supporter of Tinubu, he had in a message wished the Jagaban Borgu a successful rally in the state.

Tinubu praised the party supporters for their commitment, noting that they trooped out in large numbers, despite the current fuel scarcity.

Speaking to the youth, the APC candidate said they will enjoy quality education, not truncated by strikes, and jobs after graduation. 

 

He said: “I guarantee you one thing; there will be student loans. Nobody will drop out of university because of school fees; nobody will have to repeat one class for eight years and not graduate. We will make a four-year course four years course.

“A Tinubu administration will create over one million jobs in ICT in the next 24 months. 

“The fine and skilled graduates of the Ogun Tech Hub will be able to find work as they continue to contribute towards our overall economic well-being.”

On his industrial policy, Tinubu said: “My industrial policy will carry you to the finish line. My plan is to deploy all available measures, from tax credits and youth employment incentives to tariffs to affordable loans and investment so that your industrial base is strengthened, broadened and widened.

“This will produce more wealth and valuable goods, improving the living standards of all Nigerians. It will also spur such job creation in Ogun that everyone looking for work will be able to find it. We will seek to cut youth unemployment nationwide by a third.

“Here, in industrially active Ogun, the decline in the jobless rate will be even more than that. 

“We shall invest in infrastructure in such a manner that all aspects of your daily lives will be touched. 

“Roads and public transportation will be augmented, reducing traffic congestion and allowing you to go from home to work or to the market faster, cheaper and safer.”

The standard bearer also promised to revive dead factories in the state through investments in power generation.

Acknowledging Ogun’s proximity to Lagos, Tinubu promised to create Ogun agricultural and industrial hubs, while working with local farmers to increase the production and exportation of agricultural produce.

He said: “Rice, corn, plantain cocoa and palm kernels from Ogun will be more actively traded. 

“Moreover, we shall spur investment in the agro-allied business to create additional jobs while also generating more income for our local, state and national economies.

“We will support other drivers of value within the start-up ecosystem, including technology hubs and parks. 

“Ogun is truly a place of innovation and growth for it is the home of many great local and international factories including Dangote Cement, Nestle, Lafarge Cement, and Procter & Gamble.

“As we become a nation of producers and not just consumers, Ogun State will play a critical role. 

“We will support the development of the best that the modern digital and IT-driven sectors have to offer. 

“We will provide the complementary infrastructure required for growth, including wider internet connectivity.”

Tinubu added: “With innovation, courage and creativity, we will harness modern technology to create jobs and provide goods and services that will unlock greater prosperity. 

“By harmonising the National Infrastructure Policy with the National Industrial Policy, we will develop key sectors and spur economic growth. 

“Our goal is to grow our industrial base, encourage industries vital to national development and become a global contender.”

Tinubu drew a correlation between security and socio-economic development, promising to make the nation safe and habitable for all.

He stressed: “As we work towards achieving overall peace and stability, we will continue to strengthen the economy and renew the confidence in our citizens of a home where they can live and thrive.

“With regard to security, we will ensure that Ogun continues to be a safe and peaceful state. Our security policy is bold yet wise and pragmatic. We shall keep trouble from coming to you. We shall pursue terrorists, kidnappers and criminals where they are.”

An excited Abiodun, accompanied by his deputy, Noimot Oyedele, urged the people of Ogun to look at Tinubu’s track record, which had placed him above other candidates, and deliver bloc votes to him.

He assured Tinubu and Shettima of a 100 per cent vote in Ogun State.

He said: “Asiwaju was a senator. So, he is knowledgeable in the area of the country’s laws. 

“He became the governor of Lagos State and transformed it into the biggest economy in Africa. 

“He then brought up successors who have worked on the template he put in place to continue to bring progress in Lagos.

“This is the man that now wants to replicate the same in Nigeria and bring joy to our faces. None of the other candidates can be compared to him in any way.

“I want to urge you to go and get your PVCs because that is the only way you can vote in Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Dapo Abiodun and other candidates.”

Osoba urged the people to vote for “City Boy” Tinubu to enable him to replicate at the national level all he has achieved in Lagos State.

He noted that Lagos had contributed to the success of prominent Nigerians from the six geo-political zones, including the Ojukwus, Dantatas, and Okotie-Ebohs, adding that now is the time to pay the state back by supporting Tinubu.

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday kept Nigerians guessing on the G-5 preferred presidential candidate for the February 25 election.

Wike and four other governors – Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu ( Abia) – had last year promised to announced their preferred presidential candidate this month.

 

The quintet have stayed away from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rallies since September last year to press home their demand for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

The governors had listed Ayu’s exit as a pre-condition for the support of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

However, the former Senate president has vowed to remain in the position till the end of his tenure in 2025.

Wike spoke when he addressed supporters during the PDP campaign in Bonny local government area of the state.

 
 

He said: “Go home and have it on your mind that PDP in Rivers has taken governorship, taken the senatorial, House of Representatives, and State Assembly elections.

“It is the election we are doing here. These are the ones (candidates) who told me to come and campaign for them. No other person told me to campaign for him. I can’t force myself to campaign for you when you have not asked for it.

“These ones (candidates) have told me, so, I’ve come here to campaign. If somebody asks you to work for him, you’ll work for him. But if they don’t want you to work for them, will you force them? There’s nothing like propaganda, nothing like intimidation because nobody can intimidate us.

 

“We are very, very solid. We are very strong. No state can point at us to determine what will happen here. Nobody can do such. So, be bold to say, I’m from Rivers State, I live in Rivers and I am happy with Rivers. What is important is our state which we have collected.”

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